Regina Spektor - laughing with God - John Van Sloten

November 15, 2009

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryWhat is God’s message through Regina Spektor’s hit song, Laughing with.

We must never try to get Christ to serve us instead of us serving him… These are all warning markers—danger!—in our history books, written down so that we don't repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel—they at the beginning, we at the end—and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don't be so naive and self-confident. You're not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it's useless. Cultivate God-confidence… So, my very dear friends, when you see people reducing God to something they can use or control, get out of their company as fast as you can… We don't reduce Christ to what we are; he raises us to what he is… I don't want you to become part of something that reduces you to less than yourself.”
The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 10, verses 8, 12-13, 14, 17, 20, MSG

What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn't treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.
The Apostle Paul in Romans 1:20-23, MSG

“If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”
The Apostle Paul in Romans 14:8, MSG


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August 08, 2012
when she says "now we're laughing with god" I think she is saying that we look back at things in our life and laugh on it all the bad things even when someone has passed you look back at the stuff you've/we've all done and laugh at some point
trevor053
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December 22, 2011
In 3:10-3:25, the pastor states that there is no biblical president in regards to God laughing at our foolishness. Psalm 59:8; Psalm 37:13; Prov.1:23-28. These are examples of God laughing in derision at the puny, futile efforts of those who think they can rise above, defeat or live separately from God. Really it is laughable. None of us would want to be the object of God's laughter in this instance. And neither does God as the vast majority of scripture is God begging people to surrender to Christ

johnandangela7
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November 13, 2010
I'm fairly sure the whole song is about No one is Laughing at god when your life is falling apart because if there is a god who would be destroying your life?

Justwosweet
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February 11, 2010
you should listen to regina spektors song baby jesus and make a video about that, that shows her trueeee genius hmm

hindibigbro
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February 06, 2010
Even if this isn't what she meant, this is a meaning you could get from this song. Who knows what she actually meant, other than her? Either way, people can get many strong messages from this song. I believe that everything she said was truth. It is possible, I believe, for God to use someone even if they don't realize or ask for it. I think God has revealed truth in this song that can bring me closer to Him regardless of what her original intent for the song was.

rh10033
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February 06, 2010
In fact it's even stronger that it comes from someone who's not a christian, because it wakes me up to realize how the world sees Christianity at times. (again even if it's not her intent to convey this message) There have been many mistakes made by the church such as concentrating on money, treating God like a genie, or trying to put ourselves above God by making HIM do OUR bidding. I think these things are a horrible example of Christ.

rh10033
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February 06, 2010
Also the part about "when the crazies say he hate us and they get so red in the face you think they're bout to choke"
That part especially struck me to the heart. It's true that people do that in the Name of Jesus, but I don't think that's what God's intent was for the church.
John 3:16
16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
I believe, God loves the world so much that he died for it's sins.

rh10033
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February 06, 2010
Isn't god a human too? We all sometimes laugh at mistakes. At lot of the things she does say is true to others that are not of your religion. It's just how people are. Your wife must have gotten the wrong memo.

Mattyhoee
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February 05, 2010
Hey guys... when I wrote this message about Regina, there was never any intent to put words into her mouth, or to ascribe to her a faith she didn't profess. The thinking in behind this talk is that God might be saying something through Ms. Spektor whethere she knows it or not. JVS

jvsnewhope
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November 28, 2009
I have always enjoyed your site and this article is no exception. I have never commented here before but thought this was a good time to give you some props. Keep up the good work.

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November 22, 2009
This song tells us to always have fellowhip with God--not just when we need Him

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November 20, 2009
Pastor: you have it so wrong. Regina is not talking about other people and what they should believe. Listen carefully. She (and I) are, btw, not followers of Jesus, but Jewish.

esaslaw
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November 12, 2009
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, November 12 2009 @ 12:03 AM PST
Wow, I was hoping if I left this a few days someone might comment...
I guess not!
The main thing I get out of her song (which is probably the most obvious
thing) is the idea that when life is peachy keen we don't need God, and so
the idea of a creator and saviour is laughable. I mean, who needs God when
you've got more money than you need, a perfect house, delicious food, and
all the fun you can handle? It's like the man who stored up all the food in
his barns and thought "I've got it made." In our affluence it is easy to feel
like we're in control and that we can handle anything.
Of course when things go wrong it's like the floor falls out and people
wonder what they've done to deserve it. All of a sudden they HOPE they're
not in control, because they have no idea how to fix it. That's when the idea
of God maybe isn't so laughable or unneeded. All of a sudden it's like
"Somebody save me!" Of course when things go well again it's just as easy
to forget the one that helped you out. You can convince yourself it was
really you.
But back to the guy that built up his barn... we can't forget that God said,
"You FOOL! Tonight you die, and then what will become of your wealth?"
That line makes me think of "we're laughing with God." Maybe we think
we're laughing at him, but ultimately he is in control and maybe he is
laughing with us because of our ignorance. Not that I think he would take
pleasure in our suffering or ignorance, it's more the meaning behind the
words than the literal interpretation.
It's easy to believe there is no God when you walk through life meeting all of
your own needs and feeling like you're the center of the universe. Maybe
another Galileo needs to come along and say, "Um, actually, you're not in
the centre. You're just a part of a huge galaxy."
Again, this seems to be the very base, surface meaning of the song, but that
is what hit me about it first, so I thought I'd share since no one else did. I
know there are probably a lot deeper interpretations out there and I hope
someone posts one or two!


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